Mr. Snawley Enlarges on Parental Instinct

Mr. Snawley Enlarges on Parental Instinct

Phiz (Hablot K. Browne)

Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby

May 1839

steel engraving

Source: J. A. Hammerton, The Dickens Picture-Book, p. 164.

While Phiz continues to delight in the physical and character comedy of Snawley and Squeers, Dickens develops the plot secret surrounding Smike, unmasking Snawley as a compound of meanness, hypocrisy, and brutality through his own words and actions. [Continued below]

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